Simcoe Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by CHickman:
4.41/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy copper brownish color with tons of carbonation bubbles racing up the brew and a huge foamy 2 finger tan head that didn't budge and dissipated really slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down – spot on for an IPA.
Smells hits hard and fast with grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, piney hops, light caramel, sweet citrus hops, brown sugar, biscuit and faint booze; the hop aroma is fresh and strong with some mild grains and earthy notes managing to balance it out. Inhaling it after each sip is like taking in fresh hop juice in the glass and it is hophead heaven.
Tastes fresh and juicy, with grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pineapple and a brown sugary sweetness coating the tongue at first, followed by piney hops, grains, caramel, tea leaf, guava, and a fruit sweetness like candy; the ABV is completely hidden and there is a complexity that seems odd since this is a single hop in use, but it gives off so many fruit flavors that they all seem to blend together. Very tasty, with solid balance and more sweetness than bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth with very light and almost fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body and a slightly bitter finish that is fruity and sweet, trailing off with a hoppy sweetness and some complimentary malt backbone.
Another well balanced and excellent IPA from Mikkeller. It was expensive, but worth it and a beer that I highly recommend trying. It was a shame to get through this so quickly, as this was another wonderful Mikkeller creation. Another display of the mastery of beer making.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2013 04:24:44 | More by CHickman
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3.84/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bottle into an English pub glass. A dark honey-red amber hue with large beige bubbles forming the typical Mikkeller shapely and long-lasting head, and an aroma of fruity grape candy, jam, spruce needles, and buttery toffee. Was expecting more citrus. Malt-forward like most of the other Mikkeller single hop IPAs, with some Munich malt adding almost a chocolate character along with the toffee. However, as expected, the generous dose of Simcoe adds a ton of aromatic black and long pepper spice notes that permeate the beer from start to finish, along with some pine cleaner, unripe guava, gooseberry, and pineapple. Simcoe is often accompanied by other hops with more classic citrus character and its interesting to taste a more spicy, green tropical, and berry character on its own, with a pretty aggressive menthol/pine note just barely checked by the sweet malts here. Ah ... There's some grapefruit. Moderately thick body with a decent dose of oily resins, somewhat prickly on the tongue. Finishes nicely bitter with some lingering floral and unripe tropical notes. I continue to enjoy these Mikkeller single hop brews, with this one coming quite close to a good malt-hops balance.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 02:44:57 | More by CalgaryFMC
Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.